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of Gillette Corner, Great West Road, Isleworth, Middlesex. Telephone: Ealing 1161. Cables: "Nostrop Phone London" or "Autorayzo Phone London". (1947)
Gillette is a business unit of Procter and Gamble. It is the successor of The Gillette Company, which was founded by King C. Gillette in 1901 as a safety razor manufacturer. It was based in Boston, Massachusetts.
1855 King C. Gillette was born in Wisconsin, USA.
1895 Gillette came up with an idea for a disposable safety razor. After many years of perfecting the idea, he found a financial backer.
1901 Along with his financial backer, William Nickerson, Gillette set up the American Safety Razor Co, which became the Gillette Company.
1902 The company sold the razors cheaply.
1904 Gillette's razor blade was patented. 12 million blades were sold.
1906 Gillette Safety Razor Co registered a British trademark for King C. Gillette razors and razor blades.
1931 Private company.
1932 King C. Gillette died
1947 British Industries Fair Advert for Gillette Blue Razor Blades. Pack of 10 for 2/6 (12½p). (Jewellery, Electro-plate, etc. - Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. D.1671) 
1961 Manufactures and distributes Gillette Razors, Blue Gillette Extra, Blue Gillette, Thin Gillette, Valet and Seven O'Clock Razor Blades, shaving brushes, shaving cream, surgical blades and handles and razor strops. 2,500 employees.